Observation: Currant Creek

Observation Date
02/22/2018
Observer Name
St Jeor

Region:

Location Name or Route
Currant Creek
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Very cold. Storm was starting to roll in. Poor visibility. Wind and PI rates were increasing as we left.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
12"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

The storm snow has settled out to 12" of really light density snow. Riding Conditions are pretty good, but many places remain very shallow. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
We came accross a few recent avalanches in the area. One looked to be a natural from a few days ago, another looked to be triggered by a sled today.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

The avalanches we saw today were all in an area that sees a lot of wind loading.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments

With more weight added to the snow pack, I think this problem could come back to life.

Snow Profile
Aspect
North
Elevation
10000
Slope Angle
25

None of our tests had significant results, however the structure is very poor in this area. Things seem comfortable in their skin at the moment mostly because there's not much of a slab in the upper part of the pack. Add some wind or water weight to the mix and we will have problems.

 

This slide appeared to be sled triggered from low on the slope. It looked to start at the new snow/ old snow interface and then stepped down to the ground.

This looked like a natural from a day or two ago.

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates